The City of Columbia is growing and with growth comes exciting ideas from citizens like you that help us shape the future of our great City! Our website domain has been in use for almost 15 years and we are ready for a refreshing change. We are asking YOU for help in identifying a new name. We have come up with two great domain names, and Vote for your favorite, leave us feedback, or add a domain name that you think the City should adopt. What will future visitors, students, and residents use to search for information on Columbia while surfing the internet? YOU tell us. 

Is there a street or public safety project you think deserves to be on the ballot? Let staff, council, and your fellow SpeakUpComo users know what it is and why it belongs. Remember these funds are used for capital projects (road improvements, vehicles, facilities, etc.), not personnel. Take a look at the latest CIP List, look out your window, think about projects the next time you are out and about in Columbia, and submit them here.

The City's engineers, experts, and finance folks have tried to select the most needed and desired projects for your consideration. How did they do? Vote, ask questions, and give comments. Help staff and council make sure this list reflects your priorities.

The City of Columbia set out to adopt a new, official city flag, to be designed by its citizens.

In 1988, a flag was created using the city logo in order to hold a flag exchange ceremony with representatives from Mattō, Japan, now part of Hakusan, one of Columbia’s sister cities. Since then, the flag has been used at other official events and was displayed in the old Council Chambers. Our ambition is to have a flag that proudly represents our city, is used in an official capacity, and flies outside city buildings and throughout Columbia. 

The Office of Cultural Affairs administered the contest. We offered citizens an opportunity to create a lasting symbol for the city that captures the history, beauty, and uniqueness of our community. The contest was open to everyone, from amateurs to professional graphic designers.

Flag Design
Applicants were asked to consider elements of a good flag design. Materials were provided from the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), an organization dedicated to the study of flags and their cultural, historical, political, and social significance. 

NAVA’s Five Basic Principles of Flag Design
1. Keep it simple
2. Use meaningful symbolism
3. Use 2-3 Basic Colors (in our guidelines we restricted to 5 colors)
4. No lettering or seals (in our guidelines, using the city logo or city seal was optional)
5. Be distinctive

September 15, 2014: First announcement of contest to the public.
November 14, 2014: Deadline for design submissions.
November 18 – December 18, 2014: Public voting period on Columbia Daily Tribune website and in person at City Hall. 
January 2015: Commission on Cultural Affairs and OCA Staff reviewed entries and chose finalists.
September 2015: City Council reviewed finalists, selecting its top three.
October 2015: Public comment open for top three finalists. 

Public Comment
The public is invited to comment on its favorite of the top three finalists, as chosen by City Council. After a public comment period, City Council will evaluate the feedback from citizens and make a final recommendation on the flag with official action at a future Council meeting. 

View designs ideas (below) and read descriptions of the top three finalists in the contest. All follow the rules of good flags, convey strong symbolism, and are easy to recreate. Please review each design idea and leave a comment.


At the December 7, 2015 City Council meeting, the Park Sales Tax implementation plan was approved by the City Council.  This plan creates the schedule of approved park improvements and new park development over the next six years.  The projects are selected and placed within a given year based on a number of different reasons including construction schedules, necessary safety improvements, planning schedules, grant opportunities and the ability to reduce utility expenses or maintenance costs.  The Parks and Recreation Department will hold interested parties meetings and ask for Council approval for each project during that project's funding year, but we would also like to use this forum to gain overall input about each proposed project.  For each project, you will see a short description of the general improvements proposed by the park planning staff, and we would like additional comments from the public about each park and trail project.  This forum allows the public to provide input for each project ranging from a new idea for that park or trail or point out an area we should focus on as we renovate or construct the park.

In the forum, you will see many different ideas that represent each of the park and trail projects in the PST implementation plan from 2016 to 2021.  Please feel free to comment within each idea about what you would like to see!  You can also add a general idea to the forum if you have an idea for a trail or park that isn't listed as a current idea!

If you would like to have more information about each park, facility or trail, please visit:

Thank you for your support of the 1/8 cent Park Sales Tax and we look forward to the numerous park and trail improvements and development over the next six years.

The restoration of the MKT Trail corridor (mile markers 8.25 - 7.75) affected by the installation of the new sewer line is critical for the success of the project and long-term community satisfaction. Park staff have recommended planting 180 native trees along the trail corridor to include the following: Sugar Maple, Sycamore, White Oak, Swamp White Oak, Pin Oak, Red Oak, Silver Maple, Kentucky Coffeetree, Redbud, PawPaw, Buckeye Sassafras, Blackhaw Viburnum and Persimmon trees.  Park staff will also work with a group of interested citizens to include areas of edible landscaping.  Green flags marked with suggested tree species (based on the proposed conceptual plans found here) have been placed along the trail corridor for visual enhancement. 

Friday, December 16 Update:   Additional planning for trail corridor sections will be discussed at a community-wide, public input meeting Wednesday, January 25, 5:30 – 7:00 p.m.  The open house style meeting will be held in the Friends Room at the Daniel Boone Regional Library.  Park planners will discuss objectives and proposed trailside enhancements for restoration areas.  Trail users will have an opportunity to provide feedback on proposed plans. 

Monday, November 14 Update:  Park staff will be conducting a guided walk on Thursday, November 17, 10 a.m. to allow public input on tree planting and restoration efforts along the MKT Trail.  Plan to meet trailside near the Grasslands Connector Bridge, between MKT mile markers 8.0 and 8.25.

Please note, commenting on this forum works best if you register prior to providing input.  This will avoid having to re-enter your comment.

Columbia Parks and Recreation is considering applying for a federal Recreational Trails Program grant to help fund a trailhead for the Hominy Creek Trail in northeast Columbia. The proposed trailhead would be located on land owned by the City of Columbia at 3514 St. Charles Rd. Proposed amenities include a 15-car permeable paver parking lot, single picnic table shelter, bicycle racks, bicycle repair stand and a trail kiosk.  The project is estimated at $140,000.  If the grant application is successful, federal funds will contribute $112,000.  A 20% match of $28,000 would be required and possibly provided from the 2015 Park Sales Tax Annual Trails fund.  

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